One of the greatest gift we have in life but also so often taken for granted is the gift of friendship. The importance of having a solid community cannot be over emphasized. As humans, we are naturally social beings, even science agrees! (read more here the neurobiology of human social behaviour ). As a society, we place a lot of emphasis on romantic relationships and forget how important platonic friendships are as well. Friendships are very key for a healthy social and emotional well being. If there’s one thing the whole Covid pandemic has taught me, it’s how we crave interaction with other people and would find ways to do so even in desperate times where physical interactions are limited.
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The gift of friendship is really one that keeps on giving. A few of the gifts it comes with include:
- Community: the bubble of true friendship is the safest place to be you with your people. No judgement, no hard feelings, all love. The place to be as vulnerable as you need to and still get the support you need.
- Fun: the craziest conversations, greatest adventures, the heartfelt laughter. One of my favorite things to do with friends is reminisce on memories, laugh about the good and the crazy.
- Growth: friendships provide the bliss of growing with other people, the joy of walking through stages of life together. Through the good and the bad, the laughter and the tears.
- Company: the feeling of loneliness is an awful one. It’s so tricky that one could be around people, and yet feel lonely without solid relationships. Friendship provides the needed reminder that regardless of whatever it is you are going through, you are never alone.
Another beautiful thing about friendships is that it is really not about the numbers. Two? three? five? twenty? It really does not matter how many or how less, what counts is how solid and healthy the relationship is.
Let’s chat below! What other gifts have the gift of friendship brought you?
They say you don’t know what you had until it’s gone, well don’t let that be your story. My challenge for you this week is to do one of these two things:
- let a friend in your life know how grateful you are for them. Could be through a call, a text, a gift, anything. Just do something.
- Initiate a relationship with someone you’d like to be your friend, could be someone you already know but you’re not close to or a complete stranger that you like. Don’t just wait for them to reach out, take that first step!
I’m rooting for you! I hope you’re surrounded with the best friends and able to be great friends to others as well! Thank you reading and do well to share!
I recently just got to hang out with some of my friends for the first time this year in person and honestly it was such a welcome refreshment. Here’s a pic for your viewing pleasure of one of my best friends and I from this past weekend!